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Hi! I'm Hilda, the owner, photographer, secretary, book keeper, photo editor and album designer of Angel Eyes Photography. I'm non-stop but I'm doing what I love. I especially enjoy weddings, hanging with cool couples, making women feel empowered and sexy during boudoir photo shoots, and going on photographic adventures. Welcome to my blog. If you would like to get in touch with me, email is preferred, thank you!

Lake Shore Country Club wedding in Glencoe, IL | Lake Michigan wedding ceremony photos | Jessica & Kevin

Planning a wedding can be fun and sometimes stressful…but planning one from out of state is definitely not easy! This happy couple pulled it off beautifully, with the help of their friends and family.  They looked so happy the entire day,  just glowing every time they looked at each other!! Their first dance was just jaw droppingly gorgeous and executed flawlessly!  Below are some highlights from Lake Shore Country Club  in Glencoe, IL 

Dress by Maggie Sottero


Flowers: Flowerlife

Photo by Carol

First look


Ceremony time!

Photo by Eric

Carol’s view…

My view…

Photo by Carol

Photo by Carol

I love how happy they are 🙂

Flowers: Flowerlife

Cocktail hour..

Cake by The Bent Fork Bakery | Photo by Eric

You guys, there was Bread Pudding for desert, at a wedding…freaking heaven!!

From the Bride…

‘Venue: Lake Shore Country Club, Glencoe, IL. Outstanding experience working with them throughout the entire process of wedding planning. 

Dress: I Do Bridal, Seattle, WA. I loved my experience finding a dress at I Do Bridal in Seattle. They had such an amazing, high quality selection for my taste, style, and budget, and always made me feel comfortable without being pushy.

DJ: Style Matters, Chicago, IL

Photographer: Angel Eyes Photography/ Hilda Burke. Outstanding experience working with Hilda, who was responsive, communicative, and supportive throughout the entire process. I knew after our first in-person meeting that she would be perfect for us. Her photos not only capture and document the moment, but are incredibly artistic and unique in their own right. She made us feel comfortable from the start, and we also really valued her experience and ability to advise us on key details in the wedding.

Flowers: Flowerlife, Ananda, Chicago, IL. Loved working with Ananda, who was easygoing and accepting of the fact that I strove from tasteful, simple, and elegant. Her ability to nail exactly what I described was incredible. She was also more than happy to give great advice around other aspects of the wedding, including helping me pick a color for my bridesmaid dresses, tablecloth fabric & color, and giving me the words to the lack of color scheme/theme for my wedding. All while keeping to my desired budget without trying to upsell.

Cake: The Bent Fork Bakery, Highwood, IL. We had a simply adorned three layer cake made, which each layer being a different flavor (Carrot, Pistachio, and Lemon), which was really wonderful.

Bridesmaid dresses – Azazie (online). I specified a length and color and had my bridesmaids find whichever style of dress they liked the most. They had no problems and the dresses looked great!

String Quartet: Midwest Young Artists, Chicago, IL. We used them for the ceremony and cocktail hour. 

Hair: Danny Lovett, stylist at J Terri Ross in Glencoe, IL. 

Videographer: Vanilla Video, Chicago, IL. Quality video that captured all the key moments. Videographer was discrete and didn’t draw any attention to himself, which is what we wanted. Great value for the price; no frills documentation, exactly what we were looking for.

Favorite wedding purchase: the wedding dress. 

Favorite wedding memory: the recessional – walking back down the aisle, hand in hand with my husband, with the lovely string quartet music wafting in the background and thinking, “Did this just happen? Are we already married?” while seeing all of our friends and family gathered together in one place. This was truly the most special moment.

Funny moment: my little brother’s toast at my wedding – who knew he could be such a comedian?


Society has a lot of expectations around what a wedding and a bride should look like and do. Try not to let these expectations get to you too much and stay grounded in what’s most important to you. 

While we did not hire a wedding planner or coordinator, as we were lucky enough to have our families willing and able to help us plan the wedding, it was key to assemble a strong, supportive team – our families, vendors, my partner, and my bridesmaids – who helped turn our vision into reality. It was especially great that our families were supportive of some of our decisions to deviate from certain traditions. I’m especially thankful for my husband for pulling equal weight in planning this wedding, and strongly advise couples to contribute as equally as possible. I’m incredibly thankful that all of my friends and family were easygoing and not so demanding themselves, which helped make the process as smooth as possible.’


Holy Family Catholic Church ceremony | Dinolfo’s of Homer Glen wedding reception | Yesenia & Roly

Yesenia & Roly are an obviously gorgeous couple, but more importantly they are kind and loving. Surrounded by family and l friends, they got married in Chicago, and partied it up in the suburbs.  I had the pleasure of hanging out with them and the wedding party most of the day, and boy did they give me tons of fun photo ops! Keep scrolling to see some of the most adorable kids, and the model couple 😉

Dress: Eva’s Bridal of Oak Lawn

Makeup: Glam by Stefanie

The Bride’s niece, she was SO well behaved and adorable!!

Hair: Ramsay Marston Hair

Holy Family Catholic Church

Swooning!! The way he looks at her <3 Am I right ladies??

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens

Groom and groomsmen tux : Black Tie Formalwear

Venue: Dinolfo’s of Homer Glen

Cake: Orland Park Bakery.

Flowers: Eventos Galindo.

Cake: Orland Park Bakery.

The flower girl admiring the reception room.

Flowers: Eventos Galindo

Mariachi at reception: Mariachi Angeles De Puebla  | Band at reception: Banda Enkantadora 

Photo by Eric

Photo by Eric

 From the Bride:  ‘Favorite wedding related purchase was my shoes!

Favorite wedding memory for the both of us was me walking down the aisle and seeing each other for the first time that day. That’s when it all felt real and all the nervousness we felt about the day just went away..

Advice for couples: enjoy every second of your day and let go of anything that “doesn’t go as planned” because at the end of the day none of those plans even matter. It will still feel like the happiest day ever.

Padrinos are important couples in the lives of the bride and groom who actively participate in the wedding ceremony rituals. The padrinos include:

The Lazo, which is placed on the bride and groom after the vows, symbolizes love and unity.

The lazo used at our wedding was even more meaningful because it was the same lazo my parents used at their wedding 27years ago.

The arras are 13 coins that the bride and groom exchange (placing them on each others’ hands). These symbolize prosperity in the marriage.

Other padrinos brought forward bible and rosary, crucifix, unity candle, wedding rings, and flowers for Mary to honor her.


 Flowers: Eventos Galindo. Seriously just amazing work and pricing doesn’t even compare to other florists.

Cake: Orland Park Bakery. Absolutely delicious cakes, it was so hard to pick a flavor:)

Hair: Ramsay Marston Hair. Ramsay is beyond talented and amazing at what she does. She was able to take what I envisioned my wedding hair to look like and make it reality. I loved working with her!

Makeup: Glam by Stefanie. So talented and detailed in her work.. just amazing and such a sweet person. Everyone who got their makeup done by her was so happy by her work!’

Chicago wedding photography | Boulder Ridge Country Club wedding and reception | Lake in the Hills, IL

At most weddings the happy couple is the center of the attention…at this wedding their sweet little boy stole the show 😉 He sure is a cutie pie with his big smile and adorable dimples!!

All the fun and festivities took place at the picturesque  Boulder Ridge Country Club

When you missed your Momma, and finally see her…

Bride’s make up by Brittany Bottenhagen  Contact: 331-643-9911 microbladingbybritt@gmail.com

Time for a drink!

Bride’s make up by Brittany Bottenhagen  Contact: 331-643-9911 microbladingbybritt@gmail.com

Venue: Boulder Ridge Country Club

Flowers: Artistic Floral Design

When you’re a Mom, you’re always a Mom first, even on your wedding day…great capture by Carol.

Flowers: Artistic Floral Design

Photo by Carol

Flowers: Artistic Floral Design

Cake: The Sugar Circle

DJ/Photo Booth: GN Events


From the Bride…‘Venue: Boulder Ridge Country Club – Janet and Star were very easy to work with and communicate with. They would respond to every email and call in a timely manner. They were accommodating and affordable. The architecture outside was beautiful and the staff as well as the golf club members were friendly.


Cake: The Sugar Circle – The tasting was a great experience. It’s a small shop, but the cake was amazing! They have all different flavors of filling and frosting. It was a nice change from the traditional white, yellow, or chocolate. Each tier of the cake could have different flavors. My favorite was either salted caramel or peanut butter chocolate. I sent them pictures of what I wanted and they did a great job matching it.
Flowers: Artistic Floral Design – A small shop, a little hard to find. They did a great job with matching colors of the flowers, but didn’t quite get the bouquets like I wanted them. I wanted more tight and symmetrical and these had more texture and a little more greens than I would like. It cost a little more for them to deliver and set up themselves but it was definitely worth it. One less thing to worry about and the venue looked amazing.
DJ/Photo Booth: GN Events – Gene worked well with us and was very patient, especially because we kept changing our minds. He has an extensive song list to select from. We chose to pay a little extra for uplighting, which was definitely worth it. It added an extra touch to the venue. The photo booth was fun with plenty of props. And the best part is…the price was unbelievable!

All in all the day went well, but I would just say don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s not worth the time or stress. Also, don’t over pay for ANYTHING. We added things here and there that I thought would be fun and exciting to have, and honestly, you get so caught up in the moment and you’re busy taking pictures and visiting with family and friends you don’t even remember those details.’

Cantigny Engagement Photos in Wheaton | Cantigny Park Engagement Session |

This happy couple was so fun and easy to photograph…their only request? Flowers and color, I think that’s a check for both!!  Cantigny is one of the prettiest places for photos in the Chicago-land area…they just are going though a little construction and the new additions will be so worth it! The Park includes large formal and informal gardens, two museums, a 27-hole golf course, a picnic grove, a playground, hiking paths, restaurants and a gift shop.

The Grove Redfield Estate Wedding, LGBT-Friendly Wedding Vendors/Same sex weddings, Erik & Frank

Erik & Frank got married on Friday the 13th on the anniversary of their first date. I’m so happy that they chose me to be their photographer.  I just loved how they made this wedding totally their own, there are no more rules people!! Just do what makes you happy 😉 HUGE kudos to them for planning this wedding in 5 weeks, yes not 5 months…but 5 weeks.

Photos with the fur babies.

They had the most beautiful orchids all over their home.

This cracked me up…wedding day…”Booze diet”

Their sisters were at the house to help them get ready.

The flower girl was the sweetest.

Tuxes: The Men’s Warehouse

Venue: The Redfield Estate

Flowers by AimStudios

How gorgeous do they look? Everyone got to choose their own dresses.

AnitaWeds – Anita Vaughan, Life-Cycle Celebrant

Love working with Anita! She writes the most meaningful and personalized ceremonies.

Orchid potting ceremony.

Succulents as wedding favors!

Too bad Anita never has any fun 😉

Caterer: Refined Dining

Flowers by AimStudios

Caterer: Refined Dining


Pies: Jarosch Bakery in Elk Grove (Chocolate Cream, Dutch Apple, Dutch Cherry)

I asked them if they were to feed each other the pies, to which Frank replied…”No, we’re grown ass men, we know how to feed ourselves” 

And then, since it was Friday the 13th, we had a little fun 😉

From the couple…

‘Flowers: Ordered them from work (FTD) and friend/coworker Amy Constanzo arranged them, AimStudios .

Music: We enlisted out friend Timothy Suchomel to help us make a playlist of songs and he was the one in charge of playing the music (He was the one with the pipe and cane that you took a photo of with his girlfriend in the flapper dress)

Our favorite wedding related purchase must be the rings – reason being is that the rings were the first items that we bought. We looked at rings and made our decision together! We knew we wanted matching rings, and then Frank surprised me and had the rings engraved.

Favorite wedding memory: Walking down the aisle with our mothers seeing the people who have supported us throughout our relationship.

Anything to have done differently? -Nope. Leave it the way it was!

Advice for couples: DON’T FREAK OUT ABOUT PLANNING A WEDDING. If we can do it in 5 weeks, so can you. Just put your mind to it. Research. Make decisions while keeping it simple. Don’t overthink.

How did we do it? We knew for starters we did not want a religious/church wedding. Frank really wanted something as simple as going to the courthouse, but I did not. So we compromised on a smaller wedding with an intimate group of friends and family. We chose some simple, yet elegant options that showed our personalities. We decided to add more personal touches with the décor of pictures of us and the geeky touches with the figurines. What really helped with some major choices was the open house at the Redfield estate where we got to meet you and Anita! It was a fortuitous meeting of some amazing talented people with amazing personalities. The reason for the date we chose was that it is the anniversary of our first date. 8 years later. Frank really wanted that date, and since I can be indecisive, the short time frame made me make decisions a lot faster and I wouldn’t change a thing. Either would he. 😊’

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Glenview | Michigan Shores Club Christmas wedding | Meaghan & Alan

Meaghan & Alan is the kind of couple I dreamed about when I first started my business. They are just the sweetest, kindest souls, and after meeting their families it’s obvious why. When planning this wedding nothing was left to chance from the photo timeline to the hand crafted centerpieces the couple was hands on. I’m so happy to share their magical December wedding! (Yes, I know I’m a bad photographer, I’m behind on blogging, but the wait it so worth it)

Flowers: Millefiori Florist Ltd  Ceremony: Our Lady of Perpetual Help 

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Hair & Makeup: Patty McGuire Hair & Makeup Artists

Ceremony: Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glenview

Couple of quick stops in Glenview, where we caught some amazing light!!

This is how happy they were the entire day! My trusty and faithful assistant Carol making sure the Bride’s dress stays clean.

Since the Groom works there, we had special permission to take photos at Charles Deering Library (on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston) I love it when my couples think outside the box for their wedding photos!

Flowers: Millefiori Florist Ltd

Dress: Fifi’s Bridal Boutique

Flowers: Millefiori Florist Ltd

Yes, we got to shoot inside too!!!

Tux: Calvin Klein

Last stop before the reception, the little cafe where the happy couple had their first date 😀

Reception: Michigan Shores Club

Lighting & Uplighting by  Robert J. Nicpon Productions

Cake: Michigan Shores Club

Flowers: Millefiori Florist Ltd

DJ: Robert J. Nicpon Productions

Lighting & Uplighting by  Robert J. Nicpon Productions

From the couple…

‘Our phenomenal photographer was our favorite wedding related purchase! Our wedding day absolutely flew by, so to have such incredible photos that capture the whole day and all the small details we may have missed is worth every cent! All these photos captured the love and joy of the day, not just with us and our wedding party and family, but of our guests as well, and we will be able to look back at these photos and be transported back to so many moments on the best day of our lives.

There were so many beautiful memories it is hard to pick just one. Seeing our wedding come to life from the planning stage to seeing our vision finally realized in-person when the doors opened to the reception was breathtaking. It had exceeded our dreams of the day, and we were blown away by stepping into a room so filled with love and sharing the day with our family and friends.

Our priest taking a selfie with us on the altar during the Homily was quite a highlight! Additionally, being able to dance with my Dad and do a mix of songs was so fun (neither of us are dancers, but we both had an absolute blast dancing together!) It was very much us to play around and get a laugh for our dance together.

We were engaged on December 17, 2016 and planned our wedding for December 16, 2017… with a year-long engagement and starting the planning early, we thought that would be plenty of time for lots of do-it-yourself projects. That time flew though, and the projects kept multiplying, from creating the centerpieces to designing and creating our “Akers’ Mark” bottles to all the little things in-between (if anyone needs to know how to dip their own bourbon bottles… give us a shout!) But it brought us even closer together (if possible!) and helped us make sure that our wedding truly was a reflection of us as a couple. At the end of the day, we didn’t get a lot of sleep that year, but it was incredible seeing everything finally come together when the doors at Michigan Shores opened. Every second of that past year was worth it for that magical day!

Enjoy the day and soak as much of it in as you can, because it will fly by!’









Chicago engagement photos in Lincoln Park/North ave. beach | Save-the-dates with pets/dogs | Colleen & Joe

Had a fun session with Colleen & Joe this spring, looking forward to their Winder Wedding in 2019!! First stop, the picturesque and popular Lincoln Park in Chicago.

Could these geese have better timing? I was so happy I caught it!!

Hair and make up by Melanie Larson.

Halfway though the session, their puppies Lucy & Lola came to join them <3

Second stop, North Ave. beach.

And if you think working with dogs is easy, I give you this perfect outtake 😀

But in the end, it’s all worth it!!

Follow me on Instagram to see daily photos, and fun behind the scenes action 😉


Chevy Chase Country Club wedding venue in Wheeling | Chicago wedding photographer | Kathryn & Andrew

Chevy Chase Country Club is fabulous if you want great food, excellent service and a gorgeous venue, all in one place.  Kathryn was a Bride with a specific vision, and she made it happen. From the candle-lit ceremony to the stunning flowers the whole wedding (including the model couple) was truly breathtaking.

Venue: Chevy Chase Country Club

Flowers by Abby Marshall

Dress: Volle’s Bridal & Boutique in lake Zurich

Make up by Paulina 

 Hair by Taylor Zerante

Photo by Carol

Photo by Carol

This is Reuben, he’s a  Scottish Fold

Drizzle, ready for the ceremony.

                                        I heard giggles and the patter of little feet…I didn’t actually see what happened because I was working on the cool candle shot,                                                                          but then I saw this photo during editing 🤣

Ceremony by Jill Kottmeier

Tux : The Black Tux

Flowers by Abby Marshall

Cake: Lovin Oven Cakery

Get FAMOS! DJ Entertainment. These guys are insane!!

I have never seen a dance-floor like this, from kids to Grandpas, everyone was dancing!!

From the Bride… “Best wedding experience was walking down the aisle seeing my gorgeous man in about to marry. I forgot to put on my belt for the ceremony but it all worked out and snazzed up my dress for the reception.I wish I would of asked someone to video records the flower girl and ring bearer down the aisle. For others: take so many pictures but enjoy your time and live in the moment. It’s the best day of your life.”


Hubbard Inn Chicago wedding reception | candlelit wedding ceremony | Red wedding dress

I was thrilled to photograph this intimate non-traditional wedding at the Hubbard Inn restaurant in Chicago. The Bride wore a red dress (with pockets), they had a cocktail hour before the ceremony, and my favorite non-traditional, non-religious officiant Anita Vaughan did the fabulous ceremony.

After many years in the wedding industry nothing really surprises me anymore, but when I walked in and saw this incredible ceremony space, my jaw hit the floor…candles filled the entire table, it was just so stunning! I probably took way to many photos, but I was full on obsessed!!

Thank you to Carolyn for second shooting with me.

The bride making sure her phone is off 😉


The Celebration Farm Iowa City, IA wedding | Chicago wedding photographer | Amy & Dan

Honesty time…I’m not a big fan of traveling for weddings…it’s out of my comfort zone, I stress about forgetting stuff at home, I worry about getting lost etc. However when I do travel for a wedding, I do it for a couple who truly is special.  This couple took their wedding planning seriously, but made sure they really enjoyed every minute if the actual day. There was plenty of time for fun photos at some of the most scenic locations, I mean WOW! And if that wasn’t enough we snuck in some stunning sunset photos, and even had a few minutes with the full moon. Any and Dan I cannot thank you enough for trusting me with your memories, and allowing me the time to create some of my favorite photos ever!!

Hair and Makeup: Salon Voche

Dress: Hope’s Bridal

First look.

Flowers: Sam’s Club and fiftyflowers.com

Suit: Indochino

How adorable are these kids?? The little boy was the Ring-BEAR-er 😀

Photo by Carol

Photo by Carol

DJ: Jitterbug Events

DJ: Jitterbug Events

 From the couple…
‘Favorite Purchase: Most of decorations we made ourselves, including invitations, center pieces, and flowers. We had a lot of fun together designing the invitations and picking out the picture frames, lanterns, and flowers.
Amy’s Favorite Memories: Sneaking onto the Apple Orchard property and getting hounded by the resident black cat. Also when guests started realizing that our first dance was choreographed.
Dan’s Favorite Memories: The moment the dance floor blew up for the first time and everyone was dancing and singing together. And leaving the busy party behind to take sunset pictures was very deeply satisfying.
Funny Moments: Calling the groomsmen to stop at a liquor store to pick up booze for the bridal party getting ready. The peanut gallery yelling “Yeah! Get it girl!” when the bride ate the first cupcake. And when our officiant called all of our friends hired extras.
Because we didn’t a receiving line, we should have made cocktail hour an extra 20 minutes longer to give us more time to greet everyone before dinner started.
Enjoy the planning process, because it lasts a lot longer than the wedding day. We had so much fun putting our day together that the day seemed like nothing went wrong.
  Make sure to do what you want to do on your wedding day. If you want to dance, dance. If you want to leave to take pictures, do it. If you want to eat brisket, eat that. Make the day yours and you can’t go wrong.
Also, don’t skimp on the DJ or the photographer. Having their support through the whole process was invaluable.’

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